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One of TBI's Most Wanted arrested at Rock Island home
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JOHN MICHAEL POSS

A man on the TBI Most Wanted list was arrested Monday in Warren County.

McMinnville area resident John Michael Poss, 33, was arrested at a home in Rock Island by members of the Warren County Sheriff’s Department working in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies.

According the Sheriff’s Department Major Jason Walker, leads were developed that Poss was at the home in Rock Island and officers converged. Walker says Poss was taken into custody without incident.

Poss was placed on the TBI Most Wanted list last week after he was indicted on one count of first-degree murder for an incident which reportedly occurred in Cumberland County on Sept. 4, 2020.

Poss was charged in the death of Austin Shane Paul Lewis, 30. The body of Lewis was discovered inside a mobile home lying on the kitchen floor not far from an open front door. Lewis was found by Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies who had been dispatched to his home on a requested welfare check, according to the Crossville Chronicle.

That welfare check was requested by a woman identified as the victim’s girlfriend and was made on Sept. 3. Deputies traveled to the residence, located in western Cumberland County not far from the Putnam County line, around 7:35 p.m.

The Crossville Chronicle reports deputies found Lewis, who had been deceased for an unknown amount of time, dead from a shotgun blast to the chest. A shotgun was recovered from the scene, lying on a sofa not far from the body.

The TBI, District Attorney’s Office, and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office conducted an intensive investigation, questioning over a dozen persons, spending hundreds of hours on the case, and identifying the suspect.